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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nikki Incandela: Tips on Finding a Professional Photographer

Nikki Incandela, owner of Nikki Incandela Photography

By Nikki Incandela

As a mom, you’re probably the one behind the camera and not in front of it. Why not hire a professional to take over that role. Investing in a professional photographer will ensure you get in the picture, too! You will also end up surrounding yourself with gorgeous photos that you will feel good about displaying around your house, not just some snapshots with Mom missing again.

Investing in professional documentation of your kids and family is worth every penny! There are many amazing professional photographers out there, but it is important to find the right one for you and your family.

Photo by: Nikki Incandela

Here are a few tips that will help you find that perfect match.

1. Ask around.

Most of my business comes from referrals. Someone you know could know a photographer that is a perfect fit for you. Holiday cards are another great way to find someone you like. Photographers usually put their information on the back of the card.

2. Consider style.

Photographers are creative and passionate people. We shoot with our camera as well as our heart, so make sure you see samples of the photographer’s work that you’ll be working with. Some studios have many different photographers, so you need to make sure you are matched with the right photographer for you. Tastes can range from artistic and avant-garde to very traditional and classic. Also, ask to see an entire final shoot from a previous job to get an accurate idea of what to expect. Just because you like their wedding images does not mean that you will like their portrait work.

3. Make a connection.

This is crucial. Trust your instincts when you meet or speak with a potential photographer. Choose someone you feel a connection with to insure they capture your family in their natural state. When people feel comfortable, especially children, the photographer is able to get shots that show their true personality. It will show in your photographs if you are annoyed or stressed.

4. Make sure it’s mutual.

Agree on the details of what you want to achieve from the shoot, and make sure they are clear, so you both know what to expect. You should also discuss if you want color, black and white, or both. If a studio or photographer specializes in doing mostly, if not all, black & white, it will not work if you also want color photos.

5. Review your contract!

Ask questions beforehand and get the details settled. How will you view the images; in the studio or online? How long will it take before you see your final images? How do you go about ordering prints? What are the prices and payment terms?

Great pictures look natural, not too posed, so have fun during the photo shoot. When you are finished, you will have a beautiful record of your family that fits your style and can be cherished for generations!

Nikki Incandela Photography is based in San Diego and New York City, but Nikki also travels outside of these areas for photo shoots. She studied photography at The International Center of Photography. Nikki specializes in Child Photography, but photographs a number of subjects. Her goal is to help you celebrate any stage of your life with natural, elegant photography that reflects and fits your style, your family, and the way you live. Her style is natural, personal, and encompasses a lifestyle and photojournalistic expression.

You can view her portfolio and find out more about her at www.nikkiincandela.com. She shares some great information, photo tips, resources, and beautiful photos on her newsletter so be sure to sign up for it at www.visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101992521681.